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February 25, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Mass layoff initial claims by industry, January 2011

Initial claimants for unemployment insurance due to mass layoff events, selected industries, January 2010 and January 2011
Industry Jan 2010 Jan 2011


104,846 75,006

Administrative and waste services

30,020 34,996

Retail trade

28,109 27,038


24,148 23,906

Transportation and warehousing

23,788 22,440


10,084 11,755


12,581 7,915

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

2,860 5,494

Professional and technical services

6,390 4,019

Wholesale trade

5,310 2,839

Finance and insurance

3,681 2,758

These data are featured in the TED article, Mass layoff initial claims by industry, January 2011.